NADC meeting set

December 9, 2009 The Northcentral Arkansas Development Council board of directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Italian Grill in Batesville.The agenda for the meeting will be: approval of minutes; Community Services Block Grant quarterly report; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act CSBG quarterly report; monitoring reports; Head Start application; ARRA weatherization update; and new business.

Annual meeting scheduled

December 9, 2009 The annual meeting of the board of directors of Spring Creek Manor Inc. will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fred’s Fish House, located at 3777 Harrison St. in Batesville.Lunch will follow.Included on the agenda are the renewal of expiring terms, election of officers, housing update, program report and financial statements.

Tips for ‘green’ holiday decor

December 9, 2009 Plastic ornaments, strands of electricity-hogging lights, trees chopped down by the millions: Christmas decorating isn’t exactly known as environmentally friendly.But, say design experts, there are plenty of ways to bring the sparkle and style of the season into your home without increasing your carbon footprint.BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

Board tours bathrooms, discusses renovations

December 9, 2009 Library board members got a firsthand look Thursday at the bathroom renovations being made at the Independence County Library. Members Dr. Frank Winfrey, Charles Osborne Jr., Bill Hoskins and Sandy Barnett, along with White River Regional librarian Debra Sutterfield, toured the public men’s and women’s restrooms during the board’s December meeting.

Two laptops stolen from dorm; vacant house, corn crib burned

December 9, 2009 A Lyon College student reported two laptop computers stolen from his dorm room Sunday afternoon.Bradley Powers said he locked the door of his room when he left around 2:30 p.m. and when he returned around 8 he found his Hewlett Packard laptop, along with a video and power cord for an Xbox 360, as well as a second laptop of an unknown brand missing.There were no signs of forced entry to the room.

Movie to be screened

December 9, 2009 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“Waterproof” features Academy Award winner and Golden Globe winner Burt Reynolds in a story of love, faith and spiritual awakening. The movie will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune into 88.1 FM for the audio.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.

1 dead, 1 injured in possible fall from cliffs

December 9, 2009 NORFORK (AP) — A man has been found dead and a woman injured following a possible fall from cliffs along the White River in the Norfork area.Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says a 911 call about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday reported two people missing and that they may have fallen from the cliffs.Baxter says deputies and the Norfork Fire Department found the man dead and the woman injured. She was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center.The names of the two and the woman’s condition were not immediately released.

Free Christmas dinner offered

December 9, 2009 Batesville Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a free dinner at 1 p.m. Christmas day at 30 Gap Road.The event is open to the public. Each child in attendance will receive a gift, and craft time will be provided for children after the dinner. Transportation is available on request.Those who plan to attend are asked to make reservations by calling (870) 307-9901, (870) 612-5083 or 307-8285.

Midland to hold Christmas event

December 9, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland Elementary will present its Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the elementary cafeteria. Grades K-3 will sing seasonal songs and fourth-grade students will present the play “Time Out for Christmas.” The program is free and open to the public.

Two reappointed

December 9, 2009 Little Rock — Gov. Mike Beebe has reappointed Bobby Davis of Batesville and Stacey Caplener of Pleasant Plains to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.Davis is the retired chief of the Batesville Fire Department, and Caplener is the current chief of the Pleasant Plains Fire Department.The appointments expire Oct. 14, 2012.